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Lest We Forget

@ 10:28 PM (109 months, 8 days ago)

Next month will mark the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. And lest we forget how our Commander in Chief took us to war based on lies, let's once again examine the Downing Street Memo.

For our neo-con friends who don't live in the reality-based community, you may be asking "What's the Downing Street Memo?"  Well, the Downing Street Memo is actually the minutes that were transcribed from a July 23, 2002 British Prime Minister's meeting.

The main bombshell to come from the Downing Street Memo, was the fact that the Bush Administration was so determined to go to war, that it was fixing the facts (read: the intelligence) around the policy (it's determination to go war no matter what).

Here's an actual paragraph from the July 23, 2002 minutes of the UK meeting:

"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

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